Call the Midwife series three confirmed

BBC1's heartwarming 50s drama starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George and Bryony Hannah will be back for another run and another Christmas special

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Call the Midwife series three confirmed
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Hit BBC1 show Call the Midwife has been recommissioned for a third series and a Christmas special. 

The show, which follows midwives living and working in the poverty stricken east end of London, is BBC1's biggest new drama series in over a decade and stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George and Bryony Hannah. 

The third series will be set in 1959 on the eve of the swinging sixties. The eight-part series will see "the winds of change" sweep through the country, as well as through Nonnatus House.

Series creator Heidi Thomas recently told Radio Times that she will have exhausted Jennifer Worth's memoirs, on which the drama has so far been based, by the end of the second series. "But don't worry," she said. "It doesn't mean the show will end. The characters will be well developed by then and Jennifer was happy for us to continue." 

The second series of Call the Midwife is currently four episodes in. The series will return for a Christmas special in 2013 and a third series in 2014. 

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